The fear that people who are diagnosed with diabetes have to give up all the foods they love is a prevalent misconception, Villarreal said.
“That’s false. We are able to do it, and that’s what we’re trying to show here,” she said of helping patients manage their food portions. “You can do it, but in moderation.”
Despite the popularity of fad diets that come and go, she added that healthy lifestyle changes are going to be the most sustainable.
Munoz said risk factors for diabetes include family history, being overweight, being inactive, race, smoking and having gestational diabetes. Thirty minutes of daily exercise, even low-impact activity like walking, makes a difference, she said. She even has chair exercise programs for arthritic patients.